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Juventus, a team that in recent years have become a regular opponent for the Catalans in the Champions League, will meet FC Barcelona again in the group stage, along with Ferencváros and Dynamo Kyiv. Here are some of the current Serie A champions highlights.
The team from Turin has several new faces for this season. The arrival of Andrea Pirlo as coach stands out, alongside a team full of renowned stars such as Cristiano Ronaldo, Dybala, Khedira, Chiellini and Bonucci, as well as veteran goalkeeper Buffon and youngsters De Ligt, Bentancur and Rabiot.
They also have new signings such as former blaugrana Arthur Melo, the returning Álvaro Morata and Kulusevski, Chiesa and McKennie. It is, undoubtedly, a great squad for Pirlo to work with, and who, during his first games as coach has tried both a 4-4-2 and 3-4-1-2 formation.
Cristiano Ronaldo tornarà a enfrontar-se al conjunt blaugrana (FOTO: JUVENTUS)
La Vecchia Signora are the most successful team in Italy, with a total of 68 titles. Founded on November 1, 1897, Juventus are also one of the most important teams in Europe and are a fixture every season in European competition. In total, they've won the Champions League twice (1984-85, 1995-96) and are the team that have been runner-up in the Champions League the most times with a total of seven. Their 36 Italian leagues and 13 Italian Cups stand out, and in both cases Juve are the team with the most titles in those competitions.
As for the precedents, Barça and Juve have met each other in a total of 13 official matches. The balance, however, is very even: four wins for Barça, four draws and five victories for the Italians. On a positive note, the last time both teams met in the group stage (2017/18) the Catalans won at the Camp Nou and drew in Turin. Furthermore, the last Champions League that Barça won was defeating Juventus in the Berlin final in 2015.
Iniesta and Pjanic during a match in 2017
As for players who have been at both clubs, apart from Neto, Pjanic and Arthur, there are 10 others. Do you remember them all?
It's been nine years since Juventus Stadium, also known as Allianz Stadium, was inaugurated. Before 2011, the Italians played at the Delle Alpi Stadium, which was demolished to build the club's new home. Juventus Stadium is considered category 4 by UEFA, and has a total capacity of 41,000 spectators. The culés will visit on Wednesday, October 28 (9.00pm CEST).
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